Strategically located near acclaimed Hamad International Airport and Hamad Port, Ras Bufontas and Umm Alhoul Free Zones are designed to support prosperous logistics industry clusters. Ras Bufontas, the airport free zone, will complement high value and time-sensitive products, while Umm Alhoul, the port free zone, will provide international freight forwarders access to the chemical, oil and gas, and heavy machinery industries.

Investors choosing to locate within the free zones will have access to the following:

Competitive Advantages 

Market Reach

Located in the heart of the Middle East, Qatar is perfectly positioned to reach a substantial market share. Within a 3,000 kilometer radius exists 2 billion people and 6 trillion USD in combined GDP, including Iraq, Kuwait, Iran, India, and many countries in the Eastern Africa region.

Accessibility and Connectivity

Ras Bufontas Free Zone has an airport within 6 kilometers, and Umm Alhoul Free Zone is directly connect to a port. This ease of accessibility means an increase in shipping speed and a decrease in hassle, saving your company time and money and resulting in a more enjoyable customer service experience.

Award Winning Infrastructure

Hamad International Airport was the first airport in the Mena region to be awarded ISO – certification, and is ranked internationally as the 5th best airport in the world. Attributing to its success is advanced scanning technology and quick ramp transfer, leading to an accelerated shipping process.

Hamad Port is the world’s biggest greenfield port project, and was recently celebrated as a finalist for the Innovation Award at the prestigious Lloyd’s List Awards for Maritime Intelligence. Contributing factors include environmentally friendly building methodology and inventive inspection practices.


Hamad Port offers more than 15 direct shipping lines, and connects to 40 different ports across 3 continents. With a current yearly cargo capacity of 2 million TEU it currently controls 27% of trade in the GCC region, but has huge capacity to expand given that it still undergoing construction.

Hamad International Airport completes over 220,000 flights a year, transporting 35 millions passengers and 2 million tons of cargo. In total there are 54 shipping destinations worldwide.

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